Now In Then Project Celebration

on Monday, 16 March 2015.

In our entrance gallery you can currently see a display of work created during the Now in Then: Contemporary Writing from History. This was an Arts Council funded creative writing project delivered by Creative Ecology Wiltshire (CEW) through the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

The year-long project has provided the opportunity for some great events with several different writers in residence giving advice to aspiring authors, and a couple of very successful author talks; Dan Cruickshank on Wiltshire Manor Houses, and a Roman Panel evening featuring historical fiction authors Ruth Downie, Ben Kane, and M.C. Scott.

The creative writing on display was created through a series of workshops led by a professional writer, each on a different topic, but always based on the archive and local studies material. It has been a successful project, highlighting the different ways archives can be used, and the inspiration that can be found. It has been a project that brought the past alive.

Also on display are the works of children who took part in a children’s comic masterclass, led by Liz Greenfield in partnership with Chippenham Library, where they created their own comic characters as well as historical Alfred the Great and the Vikings.

The end of the project was celebrated on Saturday 14 March. It was a great event, sharing the writing produced through rehearsed reading performances by professional actors. It was an exciting chance for authors to see their work performed and brought to life.

Wiltshire at War: Community Stories Launches in Corsham

on Friday, 27 February 2015.

The Call to Arms, an exhibition produced by Wiltshire at War: Community Stories, will be on display at Springfield Community Campus in Corsham throughout March 2015. Using archive images and personal stories the exhibition shows the impact the First World War had on ordinary people in Wiltshire.

This will be the first of a series of displays which will be touring the county, looking at the different ways Wiltshire communities responded to the events of 100 years ago. The research for the exhibition has been carried out by local museums and heritage groups from across Wiltshire as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project.

The website, which has also been created as part of the project, allows people to upload and share their own family stories of the impact of the First World War, helping to create a record of how the conflict affected life across the county. Visitors to the website will also be able to search through extra content which is not in the exhibition.

Visitors to the Springfield Community Campus during March will also be able to see some of the research into the First World War which has been carried out by local groups including Corsham Area Heritage, the Corsham Civic Society and the Corsham Area Cadets as part of Corsham Commemorates.


Another Way of Keeping in Touch!

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

We have recently created a new Facebook page which will be regularly updated with news, features, and behind the scenes snippets.

‘Like’ our page to see beautiful items like this c.1830 hand-decorated, thin pierced-bone Christmas card, and unexpected finds such as this print by Clodagh Sparrow (artist who created advertising posters for London, Midland and Scottish, Southern Electric, and London Transport railways companies during the 1930s and 1940s).

Roman Panel Author Talk

on Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Thursday 5 March, 7-8pm

Roman Panel (Ben Kane, Ruth Downie and M.C Scott) on Thursday 5 March 2015, 7pm at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

Join three inspirational, bestselling authors for an unforgettable evening of exploration into the Roman Empire. Inspired by the Romans, our expert panel have, between them, written more than twenty novels set in ancient times. Tap into the breadth of their shared knowledge, ask questions and become inspired to research and write yourself. The Roman Panel is being held among the rich archives, linking up with the Archaeology team to deliver a great event.

Ben Kane is a historical fiction novelist best known for The Forgotten Legion, Silver Eagle, Road to Rome and Hannibal Enemy of Rome, which reached number 4 in the Sunday Times best seller list.


Ruth Downie is best known for her series of novels featuring 'reluctant sleuth' Gaius Petreius Ruso. Number six in the series, and her most recent Ruso mystery, is Tabula Rasa, published October 2014.


M.C. Scott is crime fiction writer, writing both historical and comtemporary thrillers, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and shortlisted for Orange Prize. The Boudica series are her first historical novels.


Tickets: £5

Capacity is limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

To book please telephone 01249 705500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Graphic with WSHC!

on Friday, 12 December 2014.

Thursday 22 January 2015, 11am to 3pm

*Free Event*

Our final Writer in Residence session at the History Centre for the successful Arts Council funded ‘Now in Then’ contemporary writing from history project is comic/graphic novelist Liz Greenfield.

Liz has worked on comics of every description, including the award-winning webcomic Stuff Sucks and print comics for Dark Horse and Marvel Comics over the past ten years after having studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her latest graphic novel, The Compendium of Superheroes and Alter Egos, was published by Tangent Books in fall 2014.

Come and make the most of this exciting opportunity to meet Liz. Ask her about your writing questions and receive advice and ideas on how to turn your research into creative writing. Get lost in the archives and find out more about using the History Centre as an inspirational resource.

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